Roger Espinoza vs. Real Salt Lake

Real Salt Lake brings toughest test to KC in young season

Real Salt Lake (5-1-0, 15 pts) at Sporting KC (5-0-0, 15 pts)
Saturday, April 14, 2012 - 7:30 p.m. CT
LIVESTRONG Sporting Park | Kansas City, KS

English TV: KSMO-TV
Spanish Radio: La Gran D 1340 AM

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Sporting Kansas City will host Real Salt Lake at 7:30 p.m. CT on Saturday at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park in a match that features the top teams in each conference. A limited number of tickets are still available for the match and can be purchased at the LSP Box Offices or online at

The match will air live on KSMO-TV with coverage beginning at 7 p.m. CT and fans may also tune into La Gran D 1340 AM for the Spanish station's live broadcast of the match. Fans can also follow the game online via @SKCGameday on Twitter and the MatchCenter, or on mobile devices with Sporting Explore and MLS MatchDay apps.

Saturday's match is presented by Deffenbaugh Industries and fans are encouraged to follow Deffenbaugh on Twitter or like Deffenbaugh on Facebook for the chance to win a $50 gift card to be used for Sporting Kansas City merchandise. Deffenbaugh will have a booth set up in the Sprint Plaza on Saturday and fans are encouraged to stop by before the match for autographs from select Sporting KC players.

Sporting Kansas City will be participating in MLS W.O.R.K.S. Greener Goals initiative on Saturday in recognition of Earth Day later this month, with seed packets and instructional postcards distributed to fans prior to the match.

Fans planning to attend Saturday's match are encouraged to arrive early due to the capacity crowd expected at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park. Visit Match Day Central at for all the pertinent information, including parking directions, events schedule and exclusive partner offers.

Saturday's match will see Sporting Kansas City (5-0-0) put their perfect record on the line against a Real Salt Lake (5-1-0) side that has lost just once on the year and currently tops the Western Conference. Real Salt Lake comes to Kansas City after notching a 2-0 win over rivals Colorado Rapids last weekend. 

Real Salt Lake have several injury worries heading into the weekend as Javier Morales (hamstring strain), Ned Grabavoy (rib cage dislocation), Enzo Martinez (back spasms) and Cody Arnoux (adductor strain) are all listed on the injury report for Saturday's clash. 

The two sides met twice during the 2011 season, with Sporting KC defeating Salt Lake by a 2-0 scoreline at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park before dropping a 1-0 decision at Rio Tinto Stadium in September. 

Sporting Kansas City are off to one of the best starts in MLS history, winning each of their first five matches behind a defense led by goalkeeper and team captain Jimmy Nielsen, who has allowed only one goal this season. Reigning MLS Rookie of the Year C.J. Sapong and forward Kei Kamara lead the team with three goals apiece, with Kamara grabbing his third during last Saturday's 1-0 win over the LA Galaxy. 

Immediately following the match, The Final Whistle: Sporting KC Postgame will air on Sports Radio 810 WHB with Josh Whisenhunt and Andy Edwards taking calls from fans at 913-3-810-810.